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My Network Places

By dagppm ·
Quite a straightforward problem but one i can't solve. I can't access other machines through my network places\entire network without getting error message 'domain controller cannot be contacted'. However, when i try to access machines through \\servername\sharename i can access with no problems, and for the duration of being logged on. Then, if i restart machine i have to go through this process again. I have enabled NetBIOS over TCP/IP. Any solutions please?

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by Ltop In reply to My Network Places


Making a connection to a network drive either thru windows or good old dos, there is an option to:
In Windows - Re-connect at Logon
In Dos - make it a persistent connection

In either case, the drive should then be available on re-start.

c>net use x: \\server\share /persistent

Windows Explorer/Tools/Map Network Drive
Select the Reconnect at logon

Let us know how you get on,


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by dagppm In reply to My Network Places

Thanks Ltop, that would ensure a persistant connection to a share on another computer on my network, but i would like to browse any machines to see what shares are available. I don't always know where my data is, and would like My Network Places to do its job. Think it may be an issue with NetBIOS over TCP, but have set all nics to allow this and the DHCP server also

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by adembo In reply to My Network Places

Well just some simple things. ARe you using XP sp2? If so, you would definately need to have file and print sharing listed on your exceptions list, or you would definately not see any computers in My Network Places. Secondly, are all computers members of the same domain/workgroup?

If all that is set, I would try one more thing I know has worked in the past. On the PC that you are trying to view the computers, I would change from DHCP to a static IP. Reboot your system, then change back to DHCP and reboot again. Then verify if you can/cant see the other computers.

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